The Golden Eagles were at San Jacinto, Ca and the mature Bald Eagles were from the last 2 years at Seabec, Wa.
At San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Perris, Ca I managed to get fairly close to a Golden Eagle, many Kestrals, and a Red-Shouldered Hawk this week.
At San Jacinto Wildlife Area I observed a Northern Harrier on Prey and then another appeared to try and steal the Prey, a Coot. I managed to photograph from my van about 40 ft away. As long as you stay in your vehicle the birds are not disturbed. Then I saw a dark large shadow overhead and a Golden Eagle flew over the kill, but did not land. Maybe 2 Harriers were too much for the Eagle, although he was much larger !
This last Mon and Thurs I spent photographing the Merlin and at least 3 Golden Eagles were spotted at San Jacinto Wildlife area near Perris, CA. The Golden in the photos was feeding on a Coot at fairly close range. All were taken with a Canon 400 mm 5.6 lens and the new Canon 7d mark II. There is a big improvement over the original 7d with more accurate and faster focusing and 10 fps makes a big difference with birds in flight. There were quite a few kestrels, red-tailed hawks, n harriers, and a Vermilion flycatcher the week before.
An Adult Bald Eagle at San Jacinto Wildlife Area past the far NE ponds. Last year there were several immature Eagles but this my first time for an adult.
The Juvenile Bald Eagles were flying over the first pond near the entrance and either fighting or just doing their acrobatic exercises. The Golden on the phone pole was by the Duck Club road.
I went to San Jacinto Wildlife Area yesterday and got these photos. The Vermillion Flycatcher from 2 weeks ago was not around but I managed to get this Kestral taking off from a branch to catch insects on the ground. They are a small falcon and can catch birds but also lots of dragonflies, grasshoppers, and other insects. After searching most of the day I saw a Golden Eagle (immature) on a distant phone pole. After watching for a few minutes he took off and flew overhead fairly close. This was on the Duck Club Road south of the main area.
The Meadowlark and Killdeer were at a shallow pond feeding along the edge. Although not rare this was about as close as I have been able to get.
More Golden Eagles today at San Jacinto Wildlife Area . These are juveniles and I saw at least 2 different birds. The Goldens have the distinctive white wing patch and white tail base and a smaller golden head than the Bald Eagles.
Juvenile Golden Eagle
Juvenile Bald Eagle
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Golden Eagles Juveniles
Golden Eagles at San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Perris, CA today. The top and pair in flight are juvenile Golden and juvenile Bald Eagles in the other images. They were in flight near the rocky peak on the north as you enter the preserve.